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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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Prima PilsPrima Pils

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2,033 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,033
Hads: 4,930
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 235
Gots: 687 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001

ca. 44 IBU
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Reviews: 2,033 | Hads: 4,930
Photo of mrfosters
2.86/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale gold topped by a foamy head with very good retention.Aroma was slightly grassy with heavy citrus overtones.After everything I've heard about this brew I expected something much better , I was ready for a treat, but actually I found this disappointing.I thought the taste was way too acidic and tangy ,kinda like orange juice.I expect a pilner too be much smoother and more balanced. An o.k.beer ..but just not my taste.

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Photo of torchedpunk
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- light gold pours a thin head and dissipates to a ring around glass. Heavy bubbling.

Smell- hint of hops, primarily smell of malt and yeast.

Taste- Beautiful hint of hops. Not over done but blended in tactfully. Smooth malt taste, not overpowering. Basically a balanced pilsner with a small kick of hops.

Mouthfeel- very basic and smooth. I wouldn't expect any abuse from a pilsner.

Drinkability- high drinkability for its balance. definitely can drink this one often. Nothing harsh or out there, high marks for its balance, but no flashy experimentation per se.

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Photo of koolchas
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 6pk with enjoy by date of may 27, 2007 poured into a pint glass.

this beer pretty much pours and has the appearance of any american macro but, the taste is beyond and above the macros.

hops are present and flavorful. a very crisp and clean beer. since i am used to higher avbs this makes a great session beer imho. also, this beer makes a great ending to a night after drinking higher abv brews.

this would be one of my choice brews to bring to a party where people are used to the macros.


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Photo of constahoogan
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear transparent straw white gold-gold/yellow body that pours a nearly perfect white 1.5 inch head that seems to stick around forever. The lacing doesn't cover the insides of the glass, but it does clump together in large chunks, rather.

My nose picks up zesty citrus hops with a slight hint of pilsner(duh) malt. Initial tast is very zesty citrus hops that rolls off bitter at the end. As it warms up, the light toasted barley reintroduces itself as the hops start to mellow out a bit.

Very refreshing; crisp and dry. Medium bodied beer; carbonation is just perfect. This is my go to beer when i want a light taste of citrus hops when I want something a little more subtle than APAs. Cheers!

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Photo of mzrebiec
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that I do not enjoy the Pilsner style.

That being said, this is delicious. Prima Pils pours a light golden color with an average head that sticks around for a bit and laces nicely on the pilsner glass. The flavors are crisp and consist of citrus and pine. The hops are obviously dominant in the flavors although a bit of light malt comes through. Definitely a great pilsner to enjoy on a hot summer day. This is up there with Voodoo's Pilzilla and Oskar Blues Little Yella Pils. (The 2 other pilsners that I can actually drink and enjoy.)

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Photo of GrahamDN
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful gold color topped with a fluffy white foam. Sweetly doughy and floral, the nose is a great tribute to a classic German pils, and even more inviting than many good German examples. Prima is hop-forward on the palate, showing grass and flowers against a doughy-biscuity malt backdrop. The carbonation and bitterness keep it lively on the tongue and lead into a dry finish that begs to be refreshed with another sip. Top notch.

Absolutely will buy again.

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Photo of Brewzzle
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For someone who's introduction to beer was bad pilseners this has changed my whole opinion of the style.

Appearance is the usual pilsener yellow but with a warm golden hint, a giveaway that this beer is something special. A fine head which leaves a delicate lace all the way to bottom of the glass.

To taste it is hoppy (I figured the large hop flower on the bottle might mean something), clean and very crisp. There is a slight yeast taste noticeable in the first sip but the big flavor quickly overcomes. A moderate malt sweetness and body to match. Aftertaste is a deliciously strong hop bitterness which lasts and lasts. Perhaps the hops are a little out of balance but that is fine with me.

If the Big Business Beers have ruined your impression of what is touted as one of the great beer styles then this beer will make everything alright again.

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Photo of Saint
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a real fine beer. Its light and refreshing as you would expect a Pilsener to be, but its also complemented by being a very hoppy bee.

It pours a very pale golden, yellow color, I had a fine thick head. it smell is mellow, you get hints of its hoppy & bitter nature. It taste complex. The taste is reminiscent of a IPA, yet its not. Its slightly spicy, and not to bitter. Its moutfeel is very crisp, a lot of very active carbonation. Drinkability, this is quite a nice beer. I could easily put several of these down in a row, however, I might tire of its hoppy nature over time.

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Photo of pd360
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow with just slight bit of cloudiness and a light, frothy head. The aroma is very fresh with an earthy, grassy smell. Easily drinkable, a touch of sweetness followed by a small bit of bitterness. There are some flowery overtones but they do not over power. I will definitely be buying this one again.

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Photo of sturner26
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz bottle into normal pint glass.

A: Completely clear straw yellow with a 1-2 finger head that lasts. Lots of carbination bubbles can be seen in the glass as you would expect from a pils.

S: Light bread aroma, subtle wheat/grain, and noble hops shine through very well.

T: Hard to get over the BMC expection I have when drinking a pils. Good combination of hops/grains that is stronger than most pils, but still within style.

M: Rather heavy for a pils, but still light compared to most beers. Dry, crisp, and refreshing as expected.

D: Excellent. With only 5% abv and a light crisp taste this is an enjoyable beer!

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Photo of jontom
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This brew is really good. Taste is outstanding . I am a cheap beer drinker ; this is my go too when I want to spend a few extra bucks to get a good brew.

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Photo of BoatsSinkBro
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6 pk, bottled 2 months from drinking.
-Light bodied
-Ordinary pils color.
-A definite presence of hop kick to it, not too dominating, but enough to make itself known and welcome.
-A good pilsner for the more hop-orented drinkers.
A good bottle to crack open if someone wanted something a bit hoppy but also on the lighter side.

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Photo of armiakhe
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Victory Prima had an appearance of yellow coloring and smelled of citrus and freshness which I liked in a beer. However, when I tried it, i thought it tasted very bitter and hoppy. Although I did like the freshness and after taste once you tasted the beer.

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Photo of Thaddeus
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear bright yellow, with a small white head

Aroma & Taste: Had a nice hoppy nose to it, lots of herbs hop notes. Had a bitter, dry, hoppy finish. Finished quick but had a lingering bitterness to it. Slight note of honey, that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of malvrich
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass
a: Clear golden yellow with fine light to average carbonation. A gentle pour yields a finger of white head that dissipates after about 5 minutes leaving a decent amount of lacing which holds nicely to the glass. Pools of foam also tend to remain on the surface of the beer.

s: Nothing sticks out. A little biscuit balanced by a very subtle floral hop aroma.

t: Again, well balanced with a slight but noticeable hop bite. Smooth maltiness provides a hint of chewiness to the beer. Hops on the finish which is appealing as it lingers however I'm not getting floral as in the nose. Not nearly as hoppy as some have opined and definitely not citrusy. Maybe slightly more piny or herbal.

m: Very light body with the bubbles providing a slight tingle. Again I notice a "fine" quality to the bubbles. Doesn't look like much but I kind of like it. I think this works nicely against the malt too, tying the flavor profile together. I would like a bit more more carbonation in this beer.

o: Have to say I'm a bit disappointed with Prima especially after reading that it is among the absolute best in the style. Same as with Sierra Nevada Summerfest which is nice of course but also fails to impress me in any way. Certainly nothing bad to report but while interesting, also a little underwhelming at its price.

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Photo of palmdalethriller
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The pour leaves a great inch or so of head that leaves a decent amount of lace that typically falls back into the beer. The liquid is a very bright, very clear golden yellow with lots of good sized bubbles floating up to the top.
The Prima Pils smells wonderful. It's a spicy, flowery smell that tastes wonderful.
After smelling the beer for an inordinate amount of time I decided to finally taste it and wasn't disappointed. The hops are definitely right out front, but it's very nicely balanced with a smooth and crisp finish.
The feel is somewhat average - although it's not overly thin there's really nothing memorable about how it feels to drink it. It's to style certainly, just not overly remarkable.
This is incredibly drinkable. I think that for my first sunday football get together this year this beer will play a major role.

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Photo of rodcom
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normally, I can take or leave a pilsner beer. They simply are a little boring for me. However, this one from Victory is a crisp sharp beer that is so drinkable. Beautiful golden color right out of the bottle that tastes perfect in a chilled glass. Little bit of a an aftertaste brings down the score a bit.

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Photo of petroos
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with a greenish tint to it almost. Really thick persistent head with large airy bubbles. Carbonation is lively, with large bubbles.

S: Zesty hops and citrus with almost a hint of apple. A bit of flowers.

T: Hops hit nice and hard upfront with lemon zest underlying. Yeast and savory notes on the middle to the bitter spicy finish. Very refreshing.

M: Nice mouthfeel with the carbonation supporting the spicy hop character. Crisp and tight.

D: Love the hoppiness. Refreshing without going overboard. Beautiful example of the style.

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Photo of plehnus
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Piney, citrusy, spicy, noble hops.

Appearance: Clear straw to yellow body with a white head.

Flavor: Sweet bready malts with a hint of corn; probably a very lightly malt. Mild hop presence where flavor is concerned, mostly bitterness in the back. Floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a long subtly bitter finish.

Overall: Clean, light, nice hop bitterness, not much developed in the way of hop tastes. Refreshing. Pretty to look at and easy to drink.

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Photo of perryw
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle in to an Imperial Pint Glass.

Pours a nearly transparent straw yellow color. A bit of a fluffy head that dissipated quickly. Lots of small bubbles rising to the top.

I get a wheat and slight citrus smell hitting my nose.

The first sip has a sharp bite to it as it sorta shocks my taste buds. Then that calms down and I'm left with a touch of sweet hoppy flavor.

The bitter bite feels good, and the beer is an easy drinker. A good beer to be sure, but probably not my favorite.

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Photo of TheLibertyFlamesTaster
4.75/5  rDev +17%

A-Bright yellow gold Color. No clouds.
S-Floral hop smell
T-Bitter hops. fades to sweet. then zesty.
M-Medium carbonation. Fades quick.
O-Great beer. But, not my cup of tea.

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Photo of dazdave
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this many beer times over the years. I've compared this beer to some of the top Czech pilseners and it seems to best them.

Poured a huge head from a lousy self-pour into a tall narrow glass mug. I love seeing the lacing that forms. Truly a beautiful beer to look at.

I've never noticed much of a smell from this beer. If anything it just smells clean and fresh like summer.

This beer is awesome because its good by itself or with most any food. It has crispness and palate cleansing properties. Yet it also has some very good hop qualities. I enjoy the citrusy notes.

I can drink just one in a session or 2 with a meal and would drink several of these if they weren't so pricey. Spent around $8.00 for a 6er.

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Photo of ToggleEyes
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Prima Pils has now become my favorite pilsner for sure. Poured out crisp clear gold, with a big head. The smell of floral hops and maybe some grapefruit. Had just the right carbonation and didn't go flat right away. The taste was "bitter sweet" some honey and citrice. Very good served very cold. mouthfeel was nice, sharp and crisp. A great refreshing drink.

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Photo of Cavalier92
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful pale amber with a thick head without much persistence. The hops are everywhere, in the nose, on the tip of your tongue, all though the mouth and in the finish. There's a good bit of easy malt flavor too, and the blend is just about perfect.

If you're new to Victory brews, this is a goo place to start.

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Photo of Budro
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inspired by the recent forum discussion of Victory's availability in GA, I picked up a six-pack of this on Saturday, after I'd consented to the idea of saving some dough and contenting myself this weekend with the suprlus white wine my mother-in-law sent home with me after my father-in-law's 60th birthday bash. Ah, well. Rational economic analysis be damned. I'm a Beer Advocate! I poured the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: This is a strikingly beautiful beer, boasting a white foamy head you could shave with. This settles quickly, retaining thinly across the surface, topping a brew of pale golden yellow that evokes yellow hay in the morning light where the light catches it, homemade lemonade at the base, and everywhere else banana--not the peel, but the fruit itself.

S: Sweetness as from distant hay, freshly mown. That's right: distant hay, freshly mown. Hop aromas, pungent and sour, emerge as well, as if carried on gentle breeze.

T: All hops, subdued. (Tamed?) Intense but not overpowering sourness tops the foundation's picnic-blanket shake of bitterness. The malt doesn't contribute much to the flavor, but perhaps in the underlying mellowness, its presence is accounted for. The aftertaste evokes sharp cheddar cheese, but again, faintly.

M: Thin but not weak. Drenches the palate, which takes a nice long time to dry between swallows.

D: Light and perfectly drinkinable. None of that heavy-belly feeling.

I really grew to appreciate this beer over the life of the six-pack. This beer makes a subtle first impression, but repeated exposure yields rewards.

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Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 2,033 ratings.